ROYAL: Illuminated Manuscripts of the Kings and Queens of England

Project start date: 2008-10 Project end date: 2011-09
The research project focuses on the Library's collection of medieval and Renaissance Royal illuminated manuscripts. The project, a collaboration with The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, will culminate in a major exhibition at the British Library in 2011-2012; the research will become part of the British Library's free illustrated online Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts (CIM); and will also support and deliver a virtual exhibition and online introductory 'tours' of the Royal collection for visitors to the British Library website. The collection comprises approximately 1,950 manuscripts from the royal library presented by King George II to the newly founded British Museum in 1757, from where they were transferred to the British Library. The manuscripts featured will include the French presentation copy of Philippe de Mézières's letter to Richard II; the Shrewsbury Book of romances presented to Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI, as a gift for their marriage in 1445; and chronicles and histories produced in southern Netherlands for Edward IV. Approximately 400 illuminated manuscripts from the Royal collection have been selected for further study. Each will be examined to uncover details including patronage, information about the artist, scribe, and how it may have been received and used. This represents the first systematic analysis of narrative and decorative imagery in royal medieval manuscripts.
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Methods usedCategory
2d scanning and photographyData capture
Cataloguing and indexingData structuring and enhancement
Content-based image retrievalData analysis
Data modellingData structuring and enhancement
DocumentationStrategy and project management
General website developmentData publishing and dissemination
Graphical renderingData structuring and enhancement
Image enhancementData structuring and enhancement
Interface designData publishing and dissemination
Iterative designStrategy and project management
PhotographyPractice-led research
Record linkagesData structuring and enhancement
Record linkagesData analysis
Resource sharingData publishing and dissemination
Resource sharingCommunication and collaboration
Searching and queryingData analysis
Funding sources: 
American Trust for the British Library, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
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Source material used:  
The sources are a selection from the collection of Royal Manuscripts in the British Library. The core digital resources produced are digital images of and content metadata relating to these manuscripts.
Digital resource created:  
Integration into the British Library's free illustrated online Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts (CIM); a virtual exhibition; and online introductory 'tours' of the Royal collection for visitors to the British Library website. Currently delivery is via the BL's online Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts. See http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/welcome.htm Other means of delivery will be produced in association with the exhibition in 2011. 584 records relating to 485 manuscripts were created by June 2010. These records are illustrated by a total of 9,222 images from the manuscripts.
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access

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UK HE institutions involved:
Courtauld Institute of Art
Other institutions involved:
The British Library

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Dr Scot McKendrick, Professor John Lowden
Other staff:PhD student(s), Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
External expertise:Advisory board comprising Dr Thierry Delcourt (BnF, Paris), Prof. Richard Gameson (Durham University), Dr Thomas Kren (J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles), Dr Stella Panayotova (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), Jane Roberts (Royal Library, Windsor), Prof. Lucy Sandler (New York University), Prof. Jan Van der Stock (Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven)


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Author(s) of recordScot McKendrick
TitleROYAL: Illuminated Manuscripts of the Kings and Queens of England
Record created2010-10-04
Record updated2010-10-04 12:34
URL of recordhttp://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3623
Citation of recordScot McKendrick: ROYAL: Illuminated Manuscripts of the Kings and Queens of England. <http://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3623> created: 2010-10-04, last updated 2010-10-04 12:34
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